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Fall Sewing Classes, 10th Anniversary Updates, Important Dates & Info! | September News from JoLene’s Sewing School

This Summer Has Flown By!

Kids are back in school, there’s a crisp chill in the air and Fall Sewing Classes are about to be back in session! But first… a recap of the summer!

I had a wonderful summer, and I hope you did too! (It was a little hot for me, personally, but I made it through just fine).

I’ve been very busy this summer spending time with family. In June, my sister Tonya came to visit with her son Skylar and their Japanese foreign exchange student. We went to Kah-Nee-Ta Resort & Spa in Warm Springs for a fun day of swimming before heading up to my daughter’s house in Tacoma, Washington. They live right on the water in Puget Sound, so it was a very fun and relaxing time!

From there we went kayaking and hiking, and then went to the zoo in Gig Harbor. We had so much fun!

Then I was off to Idaho through Washington, where I stayed with my mom for a week. It was so good to see her and to have quality time together.

Afterward I went back to my sister’s house to help her prepare for her son Brandon’s wedding. (For all who are wondering, my time with my sister is usually like this – we fit A LOT of activities in a short amount of time!).

Here’s a few pictures from the Gig Harbor Zoo, Tacoma, and driving across Washington to Idaho.

Overall, it was an excellent and fun-filled summer. Now I’m back in town and am eagerly getting ready for my upcoming Fall Sewing Classes to start. I’m so excited to see all my students again!

 

Remembering This Year’s Sewing Camps

This year’s Summer Sewing Camps began on June 18th and lasted through August 22nd. I held 18 camps in total, so my students and I kept very busy! I love sewing camps – they are so much fun and it is such a delight to see my students learn, grow and improve their sewing skills week after week.

Here are some pictures of a few of the camps. I’ll make sure to do a few Facebook posts about them so everyone can see the fun we had! (You can follow me on Facebook by clicking here).

 

Upcoming Fall Sewing Classes

My upcoming Fall Sewing Classes begin on Tuesday, September 4th. There are still plenty of spots left, so check out my website right here for availability!

My 10th Anniversary Celebration! 

Next summer (June 2019 to be exact) is my 10-Year Anniversary! To celebrate, I’ve decided to dedicate these next 10 months (including September) to celebration. Each month will have something new and exciting to offer… and it’s all leading up to my Big Anniversary Bash!

Here’s a few things to expect in the coming months:

  1. 10 months of Sewing Blogs (to be posted on my website and on Facebook)
  2. Giveaways and Events (TBA)
  3. Facebook LIVE Videos (TBA)
  4. My BIG 10th Anniversary Party in June 2019 (Exact Date TBA)

There’s a lot of exciting things happening in the next 10 months – and a lot of preparations for my 10th Anniversary Party! Make sure to watch the website and follow me on Facebook for details!

Student Spotlight

This stylish apron was my student Olivia’s very last project of the year. She ended up bringing her own pattern to class, and the final product ended up looking great! I love her fabric choice, and the bright green bias tape she used really makes the fabric pop. Great job, Olivia!

I’m looking forward to seeing you all again this fall! Make sure to sign up for classes ASAP to reserve your spot!

 

Happy Sewing!

JoLene

Summer Sewing Classes & Camps: Important Dates & Info! | May News from JoLene’s Sewing School

I Can’t Believe It’s May!

I can’t believe it’s May already – that means it’s time to start thinking about summer sewing classes!

Spring is definitely a time of renewal for me as school winds down, spring flowers come forth, and gardens get planted one by one. The world around us is transformed, and I feel transformed along with it. I love it!

Speaking of growth and transformation, June 2018 marks the 9th year of JoLene’s Sewing School! I can’t believe I’ve been teaching kids and adults how to sew for nine whole years – the time has just flown by!

A BIG THANK YOU to all of you for helping me make my dreams come true! I love teaching every one of you, and I look forward to helping both my current students and my new friends learn to sew in the upcoming years!

 

Upcoming Summer Sewing Classes Information & Important Dates

As this school year comes to a close, I look back with fond memories of all my kids, parents, and adult sewers. You’ve all experienced many great achievements over the past nine years, and I am so proud of everything you’ve all accomplished!

Here are some important dates and information for Summer 2018:

  • Last Day of Spring Classes: The last day of spring sewing classes is May 25th.
  • Make-up Classes: If you need to make up any classes, please contact me.
  • JoLene’s Vacation: I will be taking a vacation from May 26th – June 16th. I will have no classes during this time. This is a time of renewal for me, as well as a time for cleaning, preparing for camps, and time away with family. I hope you enjoy this break, too, and come back refreshed!
  • Summer Adult Classes: My Summer Adult Classes will begin on June 18th. These will be at the same days and times as normal.
  • Summer Kids Weekly Classes. I will have Hourly Summer Kids Classes between June 21st – August 23rd on Thursdays from 9:00 am – 10:00 am, as well as any time between 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Please give me a call  and let me know what time works best for you.
  • After School Classes: My After School Classes will begin September 4th. Sign up now to hold your spot!

 

Exciting News: My 10th Anniversary Party!

In June 2018 I’ll be celebrating 9 years of owning Jolene’s Sewing School. And, while this is very exciting, it got me thinking… why not start preparing now for next year’s BIG 10th Anniversary Celebration!!!

From September 2018 – June 2019 Jolene’s Sewing School will have 10 full months of celebration. And it’s all leading up to my BIG 10th ANNIVERSARY PARTY!!!

There will be events, prizes, and more leading up to the Big 10th Anniversary Bash. And all of you are invited to celebrate!

Keep your eyes peeled for more information!

 

Summer Sewing Camp Information

Summer camps begin June 18th and my final summer camp begins August 20th.  

I am doing 18 summer camps total this year. I try to do a good variety of camps, from clothing to stuffed animals.

Below is a list of my upcoming camps. For more information, please check out my website: https://jolenesews.com

Pick your favorite camp and sign up quickly, as spots are limited!

 

Dates Of Summer Sewing Camps 2018:

June 18, 19, 20:  I Love My Dog Camp (9:00 am – 12:00 pm)

June 18, 19, 20:  Everything Fox Camp (1:00 pm – 4:00 pm)

June 25, 26, 27:  Dress A Doll Camp (9:00 am – 12:00 pm)

June 25, 26, 27:  Camp Stitch-A-Lot Camp (1:00 pm – 4:00 pm)

July 2, 3, 5:  Animal Stuffy Camp (9:00 am – 12:00 pm) *Note this camp is Monday, Tuesday and Thursday because of the 4th of July holiday.   

July 2, 3, 5:  Summer Dress For You & Your Doll Camp (1:00 pm – 4:00 pm) *Note this camp is Monday, Tuesday and Thursday because of the 4th of July holiday.  

July 9, 10, 11:  Hawaiian Camp (9:00 am – 12:00 pm)

July 9, 10, 11:  Skirt-A-Day Camp (1:00 pm – 4:00 pm)

July 16, 17, 18:  Star Wars Camp (9:00 am – 12:00 pm)

July 16, 17, 18:  Pokémon Camp (1:00 pm – 4:00 pm)

July 23, 24, 25:  Who’s Hooting? Owl Camp (9:00 am – 12:00 pm)

July 23, 24, 25:  Emoji Hoodie Camp (1:00 pm – 4:00 pm)

July 30 & 31, Aug 1:  Harry Potter Camp (9:00 am – 12:00 pm)

July 30 & 31, Aug 1:  Heart Rag Quilt Camp (1:00 pm – 4:00 pm)

Aug 6, 7, 8:  Va-Room Your Bedroom Camp (9:00 am – 12:00 pm)

Aug 6, 7, 8:  Minecraft Camp (1:00 pm – 4:00 pm)

Aug 20, 21, 22:  Back to School Camp (9:00 am – 12:00 pm)

Aug 20, 21, 22:  Meow Meow Camp (1:00 pm – 4:00 pm)

 

Student Spotlight

Announcing The Best Student Of The Quarter: Summer!

Look at this wonderful shirt that Summer made! I love her choice of fabric. It’s a vintage pattern that she’s bringing back with style. The neck was a little tall originally, and so she took out the facing, cut it down a bit, and put it back in. Now it’s perfect!!!

Great job, Summer!

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 What’s New With JoLene?

For spring vacation, I went to Idaho and took care of my mom. I visit her when I can, and help out so that my sisters can have some time off. I enjoy going, as it’s always quiet there and relaxing.

While I’m in Idaho I always do lots of snuggling with my mom, and make sure to fix her favorite foods. This time I made green pepper steak and chili rellenos. Yum!

While I was there, I was also able to wish my sister Donna a happy birthday. Then, my sister Tonya took me “the back way” to her home in Mountain Home through the city of Buhl, where we stopped and got homemade licorice ice cream. I managed to get a picture of it before it was all gone!
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We also stopped to see Balanced Rock – a 48-foot tall, 40-ton wind-carved rock that balances on a pedestal. The pedestal is only 3 ft. x 17 in. It was very cool! Here’s a picture of it:

I also spent Easter with my sister, where we colored Easter eggs and played games. I made them my famous German pancakes for breakfast (they were so good I ate them before I could get a picture!).

Finally, I left early Monday morning to get back home. I love my family, and love spending time with them. I hope each of you have been able to get in some good family time, too!

 

I’m looking forward to seeing all of you in the summer!

Happy Sewing!

Jolene

December 2012 Newsletter

There are many exciting developments with JoLene’s Sewing School. Now we have two locations to serve you! With classes and workshops held in both Woodstock and Happy Valley, you have even more options to learn to sew or further hone your sewing skills. Join us!

This Weekend: Last Chance for Gift-Making Workshops

Last month we had Christmas Workshops During Thanksgiving Vacation. They were mostly full and we had a fun time making gifts for our families. I just love these workshops; seeing these kids make heartfelt gifts for their friends and family members is so satisfying.

I know a few of you were unable to come and had friends who wished they had signed up. So I’ve decided to add two more last-chance options!

Join us on Friday, December 7th, from 4:00 – 7:30 pm, with pizza and pop served in the middle as a dinner break, or Saturday, December 8th from 1:00 – 4:00 pm.

Cost is just $30, which includes all the materials and gifts that the students will produce. The workshops will be held at my Happy Valley location, 16661 SE Rock Creek Court.

Contact me to register or for more information.

This is an amazing gift-creating opportunity. In just three hours, students can make between 7 and 10 items. What better way to get a significant jump on holiday gift-giving?

There will be 15-20 projects to choose from, which will provide a wide selection of potential gifts for children and adults, both male and female. All materials are provided, and will be cut and ready to sew!

Winter Break Workshops

I am offering four workshops for kids over the Winter Break holiday:

On the Wild Side (NEW). December 26th, 27th, 28th; 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. Make three wild animals stuffies – monkey, elephant, and giraffe. All supplies included. $130.

Become a DIVA. December 26th, 27th, 28th; 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. After this camp you will be one step closer to being a diva. Come make a tutu bag to carry your diva supplies, a diva skirt, leggings, diva tee shirt. $120. Supply list provided at time of registration.

Sock Monkey and More (NEW). January 2nd, 3rd, 4th; 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. Make the old-fashioned sock monkey and sock monkey hat, made from brown, pink, blue, or the original red heel socks. All supplies included. $130.

Animal Hat Camp. January 2nd, 3rd, 4th; 1:00 – 4:00 pm. Come and make the cutest animal hat out of faux fur with scarf and mittens attached, plus matching animal slippers! All supplies included. $130.

 

Holiday Class Schedule

Monday, December 24th – Monday, January 7th: NO REGULAR CLASSES

Classes start back up on Tuesday, January 8th

 

Open Spots in the Sewing School

Have you been waiting for the perfect time to enroll in JoLene’s Sewing School? With two locations, in Woodstock and now also in Happy Valley, you have even more opportunity!

Classes are taught in Woodstock on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3:15, 4:15, and 5:15.

Classes are taught in Happy Valley on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 3:00, 4:00, and 5:00.

For more information, and to register, click here.

 

Project of the Month: Make Your Own Umbrella!

A while ago, a student asked me to help her make an umbrella kit. Ever since then, I’ve wanted to make my own.

So here it is! I had such fun with this, from picking the fabric to the quick and simple assembly. It’s very easy to make; you just purchase the frame and pattern, all available at cool cottons, a fantastic fabric store on Hawthorne in SE Portland. There is only one pattern piece that you cut out 8 times, sew them together, and finish the seams. You put the finished cover on the frame, tack it down, and waterproof the fabric.

For more pictures and information on this project, see my blog, and stay dry this rainy season with your own personalized umbrella!

Tip of the Month: Beautiful Finished Edges

Do you need to own a serger sewing machine to have beautiful finished edges? No! While sergers are nice to have, you can finish your edges without one with the following tips:

  • The easiest way is just to use pinking shears. After you are finished sewing each seam, use the zig-zag pinking shears to trim the bare edge of seam, then press the seams open.
  • Alternatively, pink the edge as described above, then sew next to the pinked edge, and press open as before.
  • Finally, you can make a zig-zag stitch close to the edge and then press open the seams.

These tips help your project stand the test of time while looking and feeling good inside and out.
Don’t let the season pass you by without registering for a class or a workshop! You can contact me for questions or registration.

Happy Sewing,

JoLene Tunison
JoLene’s Sewing School

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